Union for the Mediterranean and World Health Organization join forces to improve women’s access to health in the Euro-Mediterranean region
March 10, 2020
The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of women’s access to health. Through this MoU, the two organizations will work to establish a framework for cooperation to promote and facilitate the engagement of UfM Member States in health-related activities, primarily to address violence against women and to improve women’s access to health.
The agreement will contribute to the implementation of the UfM´s commitment on women’s empowerment, particularly on the promotion of women´s health, as called for by the UfM´s 2017 Ministerial Conference on Strengthening the Role of Women in Society held in Cairo, where Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to combat all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services for women and girls.
The agreement aims to help UfM and WHO Member States build capacities and strengthen actions on health in the areas of (i) health research, (ii) health education, (iii) health system strengthening and financial protection to achieve universal health coverage and (iv) advocacy for health in all their policies.